A few people are simultaneously telling me that they saw Brahman and Buddha nature as pointing to the same concept, so I compiled this post to share with them.

Padmasambhava said in the text Self-Liberation through Seeing with Naked Awareness http://www.awakeningtoreality.com/2007/03/self-liberation-through-seeing-with.html

"As for this sparkling awareness, which is called "mind,"

Even though one says that it exists, it does not actually exist.

(On the other hand) as a source, it is the origin of the diversity of all the bliss of Nirvana and all of the sorrow of Samsara.

And as for it¡¯s being something desirable; it is cherished alike in the Eleven Vehicles.

With respect to its having a name, the various names that are applied to it are inconceivable (in their numbers).

Some call it "the nature of the mind" or "mind itself."

Some Tirthikas (non-Buddhists) call it by the name Atman or "the Self."

The Sravakas call it the doctrine of Anatman or "the absence of a self."

The Chittamatrins call it by the name Chitta or "the Mind."

Some call it the Praj?¨¢p¨¢ramit¨¢ or "the Perfection of Wisdom."

Some call it the name Tathagata-garbha or "the embryo of Buddhahood."

Some call it by the name Mahamudra or "the Great Symbol."

Some call it by the name "the Unique Sphere."

Some call it by the name Dharmadhatu or "the dimension of Reality."

Some call it by the name Alaya or "the basis of everything."

And some simply call it by the name "ordinary awareness.""

Likewise John Tan said before, John Tan, 2007: “No-self does not need observation. No-self is a form of realisation. To observe is to track the 'self': where is it, what is it - that 'sense of self', who, where and what... till we thoroughly understood it is an illusion, till we know there is awareness, but there never was a 'Self/self'. Isn't awareness 'self'? Well, you can say so if you insist...ehehhe

(1:59 PM) Thusness: if there is non-dual, no background, no mine and 'I', impermanence, not a form of entity and yet we still want to call it 'Self', so be it. :P

(1:59 PM) Thusness: its okie...

(1:59 PM) Thusness: lol”

John Tan, 2020: “Brahman or not doesn't matter as long Brahman is not any transpersonal being in a wonderland, but is the very relative phenomena that we misunderstood.”

However, we are not perennialists. We are saying it is not the label we give to consciousness that matters, but the nature of it that matters. All the teachings and religions are pointing towards Consciousness. Yet, the crucial matter lies in how clear and deep is the insight into the nature of consciousness. Is it reified subtly in terms of subject-object duality, and also reified in terms of inherent existence? If there is insight into emptiness that penetrates these reifications and delusions, what is the insight and experience of it like? This has tremendous implications on our liberation.

Padmasambhava also laid out the flaws of various views in the same text I quoted from above, "The Tirthikas who are outsiders see all this in terms of the dualism of Eternalism as against nihilism.

Each of the nine successive vehicles sees things in terms of its own view.

Thus, things are perceived in various different ways and may be elucidated in various different ways.

Because you grasped at these various (appearances that arise), becoming attached to them, errors have come into existence."

Even the I AM realization is an insight into the luminous clarity aspect of our Buddha nature, but its nondual and empty nature is not yet realized. As Dalai Lama said, "Nature - there are many different levels. Conventional level, one nature. There are also, you see, different levels. Then, ultimate level, ultimate reality... so simply realise the Clarity of the Mind, that is the conventional level. That is common with Hindus, like that. So we have to know these different levels...." - Dalai Lama on Anatta and Emptiness of Buddha Nature in New Book

When we first have a glimpse and realization of our essence of luminous clarity, it is just the aspect of Clarity. It needs to be refined with the wisdom of emptiness. All genuine practitioners should go through the process of deepening one's realization. Hence the important realizations has been laid out clearly in the Thusness 7 Stages http://www.awakeningtoreality.com/2007/03/thusnesss-six-stages-of-experience.html .

Here are some quotes that I think are relevant:

John Tan, 2009: "Buddhism is to realise Brahman having sunyata (emptiness) nature, and that is awareness, the true face of awareness. That is, there is no denial of this non-dual luminosity but its nature is empty."

“Yes sahaja samadhi but that remain as "experience". Just like in taoism, it is all about naturalness 自然 and non-action (action without agent) though there are overlaps but they are different in praxis and view essentially. There is no need to forcefully integrate the various religions into one, that is just more attachment.

Although there is no monopoly over truth as ultimately all is/are talking about one's primordial nature but there are those that much clearer and precise in their system of practice. If the views and philosophies are 90% inherent and dualistic, the result from such a system will at best be a stage to be achieved albeit the emphasis of natural state.

As I said before, if someone were to say "Soh is a malay, a speckie, used to be a c# programmer, 1.9m tall and has a sister", obviously some informations are correct and some are misleading. Even if you were to stand right in front of him, he will not be able to recognize you. Therefore although all are talking about the natural condition of pristine consciousness, some are exceptionally clearer than others.” – John Tan, 2020

“Buddhism is nothing but replacing the 'Self' in Hinduism with Condition Arising. Keep the clarity, the presence, the luminosity and eliminate the ultimate 'Self', the controller, the supreme. Still you must taste, sense, eat, hear and see Pure Awareness in every authentication. And every authentication is Bliss.” - John Tan, 2004

“Understand immense intelligence not as if someone is there to act and direct, rather as total exertion of the universe to make this moment possible; then all appearances are miraculous and marvelous.” - John Tan, 2012

“The Pristine awareness is often mistaken as the 'Self'. It is especially difficult for one that has intuitively experience the 'Self' to accept 'No-Self'. As I have told you many times that there will come a time when you will intuitively perceive the 'I' -- the pure sense of Existence but you must be strong enough to go beyond this experience until the true meaning of Emptiness becomes clear and thorough. The Pristine Awareness is the so-called True-Self' but why we do not call it a 'Self' and why Buddhism has placed so much emphasis on the Emptiness nature? This then is the true essence of Buddhism. It is needless to stress anything about 'Self' in Buddhism; there are enough of 'Logies' of the 'I" in Indian Philosophies. If one wants to know about the experience of 'I AM', go for the Vedas and Bhagavad Gita. We will not know what Buddha truly taught 2500 years ago if we buried ourselves in words. Have no doubt that The Dharma Seal is authentic and not to be confused.

When you have experienced the 'Self' and know that its nature is empty, you will know why to include this idea of a 'Self' into Buddha-Nature is truly unnecessary and meaningless. True Buddhism is not about eliminating the 'small Self' but cleansing this so called 'True Self' (Atman) with the wisdom of Emptiness.” - John Tan, 2005

"What you are suggesting is already found in Samkhya system. I.e. the twenty four tattvas are not the self aka purusha. Since this system was well known to the Buddha, if that's all his insight was, then his insight is pretty trivial. But Buddha's teachings were novel. Why where they novel? They were novel in the fifth century BCE because of his teaching of dependent origination and emptiness. The refutation of an ultimate self is just collateral damage." - Lopon Malcolm

In January 2005, John Tan wrote:

“[19:21] <^john^> learn how to experience emptiness and no-selfness. :)

[19:22] <^john^> this is the only way to liberate.

[19:22] <^john^> not to dwell too deeply into the minor aspect of pure awareness.

[19:23] <^john^> of late i have been seeing songs and poems relating to the luminosity aspect of Pure Awareness.

[19:23] <^john^> uncreated, original, mirror bright, not lost in nirvana and samsara..etc

[19:23] <^john^> what use is there?

[19:24] <ZeN`n1th> oic...

[19:24] <^john^> we have from the very beginning so and yet lost for countless aeons of lives.

[19:25] <^john^> buddha did not come to tell only about the luminosity aspect of pure awareness.

[19:25] <^john^> this has already been expressed in vedas.

[19:25] <^john^> but it becomes Self.

[19:25] <^john^> the ultimate controller

[19:26] <^john^> the deathless

[19:26] <^john^> the supreme..etc

[19:26] <^john^> this is the problem.

[19:26] <^john^> this is not the ultimate nature of Pure Awareness.

[19:27] <^john^> for full enlightenment to take place, experience the clarity and emptiness.  That's all.”

    And in March 2006, John Tan said:

    <^john^> the difference between hinduism and buddhism is they return to the "I AM" and clings to it.

    <^john^> always "I" as the source.

    <ZeN`n1th> icic

    <^john^> but in buddhism it is being replaced by "emptiness nature", there is a purest, an entity, a stage to be gained or achieved is an illusion.

    <^john^> there is none. No self to be found. No identity to assumed. Nothing attained.

    <ZeN`n1th> oic..

    <^john^> this is truly the All.

    <^john^> so for a teaching that is so thorough and complete, why must it resort back to a "True Self"?

    <ZeN`n1th> hmm but i got a question about just now you say impermanent... but mahayana texts also say tathagathagarbha is permanent right?

    <^john^> yes but for other reasons.

    <ZeN`n1th> what kind of reasons

    <ZeN`n1th> wat you mean

    <^john^> first you must know that there is really a very subtle difference between pure subjectivity and emptiness nature.

    <ZeN`n1th> icic

    <^john^> for one that has experienced in full emptiness nature, does he/she need to create an extra "True Self"?

    <ZeN`n1th> so wat difference

    <ZeN`n1th> no

    <^john^> he already knows and experiences and completely understand the arising cause and conditions of why the "true self" was created...

    <^john^> will he still be confused?

    <^john^> he knows exactly what is happening, the reality of the 'self'.

    <ZeN`n1th> icic..

    <^john^> i would say it is due to his compassion to let the other sects have a chance to understand the dharma that he said so.

    <^john^> this is what i think.

    <^john^> but there is no necessity to preach something extra.

    <ZeN`n1th> oic

    <^john^> in light of emptiness nature, "True Self" is not necessary.

    <ZeN`n1th> icic

    <^john^> the so called "purest" is already understood, there is no clinging.

    <^john^> there is hearing, no hearer...etc

    <^john^> is already beyond "True Self".

    <ZeN`n1th> oic

    <^john^> yet it exactly knows the stage of "True Self".

    <^john^> if there is no hearing...then something is wrong.


    <^john^> but there is hearing but no hearer.

    <ZeN`n1th> hahaha

    <ZeN`n1th> oic

    <^john^> put your time into practice and understanding of no-self and emptiness.


    <ZeN`n1th> ok




As for what is the definitive meaning of Buddha-Nature, the Dzogchen teacher Acarya Malcolm Smith wrote:


The term bdag nyid, atman, just means, in this case, "nature", i.e. referring to the nature of reality free from extremes as being permanent, blissful, pure and self. The luminosity of the mind is understood to be this.

There are various ways to interpret the Uttaratantra and tathāgatagarbha doctrine, one way is definitive in meaning, the other is provisional, according to Gorampa Sonam Senge, thus the tathāgatagarbha sutras become definitive or provisional depending on how they are understood. He states:

In the context of showing the faults of a literal [interpretation] – it's equivalence with the Non-Buddhist Self is that the assertion of unique eternal all pervading cognizing awareness of the Saṃkhya, the unique eternal pristine clarity of the Pashupattis, the unique all pervading intellect of the Vaiśnavas, the impermanent condition, the measure of one’s body, in the permanent self-nature of the Jains, and the white, brilliant, shining pellet the size of an atom, existing in each individual’s heart of the Vedantins are the same.

The definitive interpretation he renders as follows:

Therefor, the Sugatagarbha is defined as the union of clarity and emptiness but not simply emptiness without clarity, because that [kind of emptiness] is not suitable to be a basis for bondage and liberation. Also it is not simple clarity without emptiness, that is the conditioned part, because the Sugatagarbha is taught as unconditioned.

Khyentse Wangpo, often cited as a gzhan stong pa, basically says that the treatises of Maitreya elucidate the luminosity of the mind, i.e. its purity, whereas Nāgarjuna's treatises illustrate the empty nature of the mind, and that these two together, luminosity and emptiness free from extremes are to be understood as noncontradictory, which we can understand from the famous Prajñāpāramita citation "There is no mind in the mind, the nature of the mind is luminosity". 


Session Start: Monday, April 13, 2009 (12:18 AM) Thusness: by the way when i say u cannot downplay this "I" doesn't mean to be attached to this"I" (12:19 AM) AEN: oic u refering to sgclubs? orh (12:19 AM) Thusness: yes (12:19 AM) AEN: icic (12:20 AM) Thusness: what is the difference when u practice awareness in awareness? and realization of anatta? (12:21 AM) Thusness: (Someone wrote:) "when i was writing in overground forum, i have not completed the entire path, it is just starting." (12:21 AM) Thusness: Even after mentioning to Gozen about no-self anatta, it is also not the end. (12:22 AM) Thusness: Advaita is the abstracting of the luminosity aspect out from a moment of arising. (12:22 AM) Thusness: it is the realization of Self and seek the union with Brahman. (12:23 AM) Thusness: This is different from buddhism. (12:23 AM) AEN: oic.. (12:24 AM) Thusness: When we say rest Awareness in Awareness, we are clinging to Self. That is, we see only Self, we don't see phenomena. (12:24 AM) Thusness: A practitioner very quickly resort back to the Source. (12:25 AM) Thusness: As if by relating to the transience, they will get stuck with it. (12:25 AM) Thusness: and these practitioners knows nothing of phenomena, only Self. That is the problem. (12:25 AM) AEN: oic.. (12:26 AM) Thusness: It is similar to seeing Awareness as the light of Everything. (12:26 AM) Thusness: But in Buddhism, it is understood that there is no Light of Everything. The Light is the Everything. (12:27 AM) Thusness: This is not a mere play of words or wrangling over words. It is a form of Realization. (12:28 AM) Thusness: Only a Realization can burn the latent deep tendency of seeing things inherently. (12:28 AM) AEN: 77 Jesus said, "I am the light that is over all things. I am all: from me all came forth, and to me all attained. Split a piece of wood; I am there. Lift up the stone, and you will find me there." (12:28 AM) Thusness: Yeah. It is non-dual, but it is resorting back to a Self. It always trace back to a self. Self. (12:29 AM) AEN: oic (12:29 AM) Thusness: Whereas Buddhism is different. This is only the beginning. (12:29 AM) Thusness: Once a practitioner succeeded in bringing this background to foreground, it is understood that the Background is an illusion. How is this so? (12:30 AM) Thusness: only the tendency to divide blinding us, there cannot be a Source and Manifestation. (12:30 AM) AEN: icic.. (12:31 AM) Thusness: Like hearing sound and an Advaitin says Awareness is the isness or presence of sound. But Buddhism sees Sound as Presence itself. (12:31 AM) Thusness: This is No Mind. (12:31 AM) AEN: wats the difference (12:32 AM) Thusness: Yet after this, Buddhism goes further negating this Presence. (12:32 AM) Thusness: when one negates the Presence further, one sees Dharma. The practitioner has no more concern with Self or Awareness, there is only Dharma. (12:33 AM) Thusness: He rest completely in Dharma and sees Dharmakaya. (12:33 AM) Thusness: in other words, Awareness is being implied in all arising. (12:33 AM) Thusness: talking about it is 'extra' (12:34 AM) Thusness: for one to progress from no-mind, there is only phenomena and eventually dharma. No Mind is the entry point. (12:34 AM) AEN: oic.. (12:34 AM) Thusness: One mind u have not even entered the gate. (12:35 AM) Thusness: i mean practitioner who has realized One Mind has not even entered the gate. (12:35 AM) AEN: icic.. *Like hearing sound and an Advaitin says Awareness is the isness or presence of sound. *But Buddhism sees Sound as Presence itself. wats the difference (12:36 AM) Thusness: the difference is although the experience is non-dual, the insight is not non-dual. The understanding is dualistic. get it? (12:37 AM) Thusness: The practitioner is unable to see clearly that there is no Presence and the Sound. When he thinks that there is, it immediately becomes an illusion. That is not a realization, it is an illusion. (12:37 AM) AEN: oic.. (12:38 AM) Thusness: When we first experience the Eternal Witness, it is non-dual, presence, very real, it is the Reality. at that moment the experience is non-dual. (12:38 AM) Thusness: When we come to understand it, it becomes dual. (12:38 AM) Thusness: we understood it wrongly but we think that it is right. (12:39 AM) Thusness: therefore it appears to be 'there', still, unchanging, wherever is. (12:39 AM) Thusness: in actual fact, we are abstracting the characteristics of 'pristine clarity' from a moment of arising and call it Presence. it is the mind do the abstraction. get it? (12:40 AM) AEN: ic.. (12:40 AM) Thusness: this is a tendency that is dividing. that is why vipassana is taught. observing all arising sensation. (12:40 AM) Thusness: that sensation is already Awareness itself (12:41 AM) AEN: oic.. (12:41 AM) Thusness: otherwise, self enquiry instead of vipassana would be taught and there is no point observing sensation. (12:42 AM) Thusness: to be bare is to understand sensation in its pristineness, its luminosity that when it is bare. yet it is impermanent. (12:42 AM) AEN: icic.. its the same thing as what judith blackstone writes rite in her instructions (12:43 AM) Thusness: yeah (12:43 AM) AEN: i have difficulty following some of the instructions lol.. dun understand what she saying (12:43 AM) Thusness: but there is still abstraction (12:43 AM) AEN: btw i ask u yesterday when she say 'attune to the quality of your self' in the various body parts. isit simply being aware of the sensations in the different parts of the body without dividing observer from observed? (12:43 AM) Thusness: however it is a good practice bringing one to the next level of understanding (12:43 AM) AEN: oic (12:44 AM) Thusness: yes (12:44 AM) AEN: icic (12:44 AM) Thusness: the difference between Advaita and Buddhism is Advaita sinks back to the self despite the experience of no-self (12:45 AM) Thusness: while buddhism goes further and see the mutual integration of the inseparable. (12:45 AM) Thusness: when we separate what that cannot be separated, we are not truly understanding anything (12:46 AM) Thusness: We cannot say Awareness is not affected.... Awareness is not affected in the 'form' sense. (12:46 AM) Thusness: it is affected in the karma sense. (12:47 AM) Thusness: not dulling its luminosity does not mean one is not affected. (12:47 AM) Thusness: we have to understand it conventionally (12:48 AM) Thusness: when we say the ground is already perfected, we are referring to its empty nature and luminosity practitioner always attempt to polish the mirror, the luminosity (12:48 AM) Thusness: there is nothing to polish (12:49 AM) AEN: there is nothing to polish is a result of realising the 'already perfected'? (12:49 AM) Thusness: in terms of luminosity, u cannot make it any better (12:49 AM) Thusness: or its empty nature (12:49 AM) AEN: oic (12:50 AM) Thusness: but that does not mean that when u cling, attached, visualized intensely, nothing sink to consciousness. (12:50 AM) Thusness: u will still dream, get confused in dreams, lost in adverse situations... get it? when the tendency is there, this is the case (12:51 AM) Thusness: just like now u can't see clearly (12:51 AM) Thusness: and this is perfect luminosity even though u r lost. because of the tendency get it? (12:52 AM) Thusness: otherwise u would already see clearly if there is an essence (12:52 AM) Thusness: because it is essenceless, with the presence of this tendency, u cannot see clearly because our luminosity is perfect (12:52 AM) Thusness: it has to take into account of the tendency get it? (12:53 AM) AEN: i dun get it :P (12:53 AM) Thusness: it dependently originate with the tendency there, it is like that (12:53 AM) AEN: wat has not seeing clearly got to do with our luminosity is perfect wat do u mean by "u cannot see clearly because our luminosity is perfect" (12:54 AM) Thusness: to illustrate as an analogy, (12:54 AM) Thusness: if there is no luminosity, will u 'not see'? is there such a case as see or not see? there won't be. (12:55 AM) Thusness: there must be luminosity like pain. (12:55 AM) AEN: u mean luminosity allows both seeing and not seeing ic (12:56 AM) Thusness: if luminosity is not as it is, is there pain there won't be even confusion get it? (12:56 AM) Thusness: why is there confusion, it is the presence of conditions (12:56 AM) AEN: so u mean luminosity is everything including pain and confusion oic (12:57 AM) Thusness: it has to reflect what is it cannot reflect what is not (12:57 AM) AEN: icic (12:57 AM) Thusness: if u have strong dualistic tendencies, it reflects dualistic tendencies get it? u understand this way (12:58 AM) Thusness: there is no essential nature (12:58 AM) AEN: oic.. (12:58 AM) Thusness: when we say 'Self', it is learnt (12:59 AM) Thusness: we say permanent, unchanging...it is just an abstraction there is luminosity but it is empty (12:59 AM) AEN: icic.. (1:00 AM) Thusness: what is meant by Awareness watching Awareness? (1:00 AM) Thusness: it is for the beginner to first discard discursive thoughts and direct realized what Awareness is like. it is just a first glimpse (1:01 AM) Thusness: when we see that and think that we can rest in awareness, we are deluded. (1:01 AM) Thusness: awareness always manifests (1:01 AM) AEN: we cannot rest in awareness? (1:01 AM) Thusness: there is nothing to rest what is there to rest (1:02 AM) AEN: oic (1:02 AM) Thusness: true resting is the practice of vipassana is to open to whatever is (1:03 AM) Thusness: Awareness watching Awareness is for the Realisation not for the development (1:03 AM) Thusness: once realized, there is nothing to watch (1:03 AM) AEN: icic.. (1:04 AM) Thusness: anything further is mistaking a stage as Realisation all is empty. (1:05 AM) Thusness: a meditator meditating into absorption is also empty. if attached, he will be equally confused. (1:05 AM) Thusness: just like a flower, where is the redness? only dependently originates (1:06 AM) Thusness: if u are attached, when in other realms, u still seek for flower, then u will be confused. (1:06 AM) Thusness: still seek for redness when without the body, what is the experience of absorption? (1:06 AM) Thusness: is it still the same? (1:07 AM) Thusness: is there any absorption that is inherently 'there' get it? (1:07 AM) AEN: ic.. btw absorption can be sustained without body rite (1:08 AM) Thusness: it depends it is the mind state (1:08 AM) Thusness: what sort of tendencies if it is strong enough, yes. (1:09 AM) Thusness: if u have emptiness realisation and is strong enough, u will also see whatever in whatever state, realize emptiness. (1:10 AM) Thusness: there is no difference. (1:11 AM) Thusness: for example with the experience of "I AM", just sound, though completely different phenomena, it is immediately understood as "I AM: get it? (1:11 AM) Thusness: it depends on the degree and intensity of the realization. I see "I AM" everywhere. (1:12 AM) Thusness: means non-dual i see sound as I AM. I see taste...etc (1:12 AM) Thusness: then I AM is deem unnecessary (1:13 AM) Thusness: that path the base for the next stage. I am not more bothered by "I AM" (1:13 AM) Thusness: just like 1 to 12 timetable (1:13 AM) Thusness: once mastered, u r no more bothered by it. (1:14 AM) Thusness: u can make use of it to understand more complex mathematics (1:14 AM) AEN: oic.. (1:14 AM) Thusness: then u c DO again till u see DO everywhere (1:14 AM) Thusness: then u progress to spontaneous perfection get it? (1:15 AM) AEN: ic.. (1:15 AM) Thusness: u must understand that Eternal Witness is a Realization (1:16 AM) Thusness: u must understand that anatta is also a realisation (1:16 AM) Thusness: one may experience non-dual but insight need not arise...this is what i always emphasized. emptiness is also a realization spontaneous perfection is also a realisation (1:17 AM) Thusness: all these requires a quantum leap in perception (1:18 AM) Thusness: then these realization will gradually burns away those latent deep tendencies. get it? (1:18 AM) AEN: oic.. (1:18 AM) Thusness: i got to go now. (1:18 AM) AEN: ok nite (1:22 AM) Thusness is now Offline (1:26 AM) Thusness: By the way, don't always argue (1:27 AM) AEN: lol (1:27 AM) Thusness: when u want to lead, it must be gradual. (1:27 AM) AEN: icic (1:27 AM) Thusness: nobody can understand at one go. (1:28 AM) Thusness: if i straight away tell u from day one spontaneous arising, u will run away or think that i m mad instead it took 6-7 years (1:28 AM) Thusness: similarly when in dharmaoverground, i first talk about "I M" (1:29 AM) AEN: lol oic (1:29 AM) Thusness: and even until One Mind, there is already problem (1:30 AM) Thusness: u don't go talk here and there about no need to do this and all is already perfected kok ur head u know all already perfected ah (1:31 AM) AEN: oic.. lol (1:32 AM) AEN: btw my post got problem? u mean i wrote about all perfected? (1:32 AM) Thusness: for ur own practice it is okie but with guidance (1:33 AM) Thusness: for writing post in forum, it is better to stress the essenceless nature of awareness (1:33 AM) Thusness: because when there is no one to guide, it is easy to fall into the advaita understanding (1:34 AM) AEN: oic.. (1:35 AM) Thusness: for u, ur theoretical understanding runs ahead of ur experience u already understand non-dual [Soh: back in 2009 I did not have realizations yet, that happened a year later] (1:35 AM) Thusness: but u r now experiencing dual awareness (1:36 AM) Thusness: means u experience awareness but distinctly different from phenomena arising (1:37 AM) Thusness: so it is okie to continue experience this Awareness, it voidness, its clarity, its luminosity, its presence as vivid as possible till u have "I AM" sort of experience (1:37 AM) Thusness: then u proceed to non-dual (1:38 AM) Thusness: in fact up to a certain phase, i will tell u to do bodily sensation (1:39 AM) AEN: back oic..



Although traditions may claim to be free from extremes, in the end since they constantly depend upon a conceptual reference for a Self, or Brahma, and so forth, how could this manner be the Middle Way? . . . The Great Perfection is the culmination of extreme profundity, so it is difficult to realize. Most who cultivate idiot meditation—those who do not fully eliminate superimpositions182 regarding the abiding reality through study and contemplation, or who lack the key points of the quintessential instructions—wind up [making a] similar [mistake]. Without gaining certainty in primordial purity, a mere impassioned thought of a ground that is neither existent nor nonexistent will bring you nowhere. If you hold on to such a ground, which is empty of both existence and nonexistence, as separate and established by its own essence, whether it is called the inconceivable Self, Brahma, Viṣṇu, Īśvara, wisdom, etc., it is merely a different name for a similar [mistaken] meaning. The abiding reality that is free from the four extremes183—the luminous clarity of the Great Perfection which is realized reflexively—is not at all like that. Therefore, it is important to rely on the authentic path and teacher. Although [we share] mere words such as “illusory,” “nonentity,” and “freedom from constructs,” it does not help if you do not know through a firm conclusion, with certainty induced by reason, how Buddhist emptiness is superior to the limited emptiness of non-Buddhists. If you do know, you understand that what the Buddha taught has not been experienced in the slightest by those [non-Buddhists] such as Viṣṇu, and you know that the traditions of “Awareness” and “the Middle Way” they describe are mere words. Although the words may be similar, Buddhists and non-Buddhists cannot be separated by words; the difference, which is like the earth and space, is in the profound essential point. —WORDS THAT DELIGHT GURU MAÑJUGHOṢA, 470–72

Duckworth, Douglas; Mipam, Jamgon. Jamgon Mipam: His Life and Teachings (pp. 146-147). Shambhala. Kindle Edition.


Bötrül’s teacher and Mipam’s student, Khenpo Künpel,

states as follows in his commentary on Mipam’s Beacon of Certainty:

In general, if the essence of Buddha-nature were not empty, it

would not be different from the permanent Self of the non-Buddhists;

therefore, the nature of the three gates of liberation was

taught. Also, if the wisdom of luminous clarity did not exist, being

an utterly void emptiness like space, there would be no difference

from the Nirgrantha; therefore, the unconditioned wisdom of

luminous clarity was taught. Thus, the definitive scriptures of the

middle and last Word of the teacher show the empty essence and

the natural clarity.66

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